It’s a good day for quilters. A new line of solids feels somewhat like when you were a kid and you got a big box of new crayons. You know, the one with the sharpener in the back. You opened up the box and saw all the possibilities along with the rainbow of color. That’s how I felt today opening up the cutest color card imaginable.
I needed a yard of a deep blue or indigo for a quilt binding and was expecting to choose a lovely Kona cotton. But lo and behold the Cotton Couture solids had arrived at Hart’s and I had to check them out. My girl Dana pulled down a few colors I wanted to look at. What struck me at first was the tone of the color range. By comparison with other solids, the colors are softer, as though they are the solid versions of shot cottons. Rich, but not dark or heavy. I think these solids will play nicely with the harder to co-ordinate prints. I’m thinking of Japanese fabrics, which seem to have a palette all their own and fabric designers who use more jewel-like colors. I especially liked the neutrals, including several wonderful greys and taupes and off-whites which are so important to modern quilters. I noticed distinct colors that I feel are missing in other solid lines. HOORAY!
What cannot be underscored enough is the feel and drape of these fabrics. Made with long staple cotton, these solids are soft and luxurious feeling. I wouldn’t think twice about making a pillowcase or clothing with them. Of course, they will do very nicely in quilts. They feel lighter in weight than Kona cotton, which I quite like.